Cunard’s New Ship Queen Anne Looks Amazing

Following the eagerly anticipated name reveal of Queen Anne on February 8th, Cunard has recently dropped exciting details of the design. 

Designers David Collins Studio, Richmond International and Sybille de Margerie, working with the Creative Director Adam D. Tihany, are collaborating to create an extraordinary and thoughtful, modern approach to the venues, suites and décor design.

The talents’ portfolios include luxury hotels, spas, restaurants and bars, as well as high end yachts, and private grand residences.

For the first time David Collins Studio and Sybille de Margerie are taking their land based expertise to the ship experience.

The design teams tapped into the Cunard Archives, held at the University of Liverpool, sourcing a rich trove of historical documents and details on layout, materials, fabrics, patterns and textures. No stone was left unturned, from iconic poster advertisements, brochure covers and plans of grand spaces of Cunard’s early deco inspired ships, to deliver a ship concept that rivals the finest in hospitality experienced on shore. Adam D. Tihany explains he crystallized the vision as an “enchanting bridge from Cunard’s storied history to the future.”

Simon Rawlings, Creative Director at David Collins Studio says of the design brief, “I was daunted by the scale, and multitude of venues to begin with, but as we started to unravel the journey, craft the experiences, and hone the vision, it all became clear. We wanted to create something nostalgic yet contemporary, relaxed yet glamorous, new and exciting – all within the constraints of a ship.” Sybille de Margerie says, “We based the design on a sense of wonder, like a matchmaker at sea that introduces the past to its most alluring future.”

“We worked very closely with the Cunard ship building team during the design process to gather as much knowledge as possible and also referred back to our extensive hospitality experience, where longevity and practicality are as important as the look and feel,” explains Lewis Taylor, Design Director at David Collins Studio on the process. “We have added layers of architectural details and design codes that refer back to Cunard’s history and that add a touch of whimsy and British eccentricity to the experiences. These architectural design elements along with the exquisite level of service on board, will make the new vessel truly unique.”

Cunard also just recently announced they fist female Captain for Queen Anne. Inger Klein Thorhauge. Thorhauge will lead the team responsible for on board operations and take charge for the new Queen’s maiden season.

Queen Anne will set sail in early 2024, with her maiden season programme available to book from May 2022.